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The school of Education is the leading provide of teacher education in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. Our postgraduate teacher education courses have a strong track record and are highly-valued by our students. Our graduates are sought by schools all over the country, and the majority of our students are in employment by graduation.

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The Professional Graduate Diploma in Education is a 38-week course for graduates wishing to train as primary or secondary teachers. You will learn from on-campus classes and 19 weeks of placement experience in a Scottish school. Those following the Primary route will be qualified to teach from nursery (age 3) to Primary 7 (age 11). The Secondary route qualifies you to teach specific subjects to pupils aged 11 to 17 years.

Our courses

Taught Masters Programmes

Our taught Masters programmes are challenging and research informed. They support and enhance professional practice and learning. They have been developed in line with current policy and thinking to resonate with the work of key professions. The General Teaching Council of Scotland's Professional Standards Framework has been followed to enable teachers to gain recognition for continuing professional development. Our MEd programmes are undertaken part-time over three years. Students are expected to attain 60 credits per year resulting in 180 credits.

Our courses

MEd Education Studies

This programme allows you to tailor your studies from a range of elective classes and is ideal for those who want a broader range of study.  Your Advisor of Studies will help guide you in your choices.  The course has a number of pathways, including:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Philosophy with Children (the only course of its kind in the UK)
  • Supporting Teacher Learning
  • Supporting Bi-lingual Learners
  • Health and Well-being
  • Educational Leadership
  • Early Career Development
  • Children's Literacies
  • Diversity and Education
  • Independent Study

Applicants wishing to study one of these pathways should apply for the MEd Education Studies degree.